June 2017 Fiction & Entertainment Birlinn

Captain Fantastic: Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s Tom Doyle


Hardback | Apr 2017 | Polygon | 9781846973741 | 256pp | 234x156mm | Stocked item (a few) | GEN | AUD$39.99, NZD$47.99

In August 1970 Elton John achieved overnight fame after a rousing performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles; over the next five years he was unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive number 1 albums and sixteen Top 10 singles in America. But behind his outré image and comedy glasses lay a desperately shy individual, conflicted about his success, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, at the apex of his fame, John attempted suicide yet, after announcing his retirement in 1977 at the age of thirty as well as coming out as a gay man, he gradually found his way back to music. 

Captain Fantastic is an intimate look at the rise, fall and rise again of John’s fame-and-drug fuelled decade, with a final section bringing his life up to the present.